Before you get bored of this Presentation-- some cool links<br />OpenPlans ( http://openplans.org )<br />Colin’s summer no...
The State of Open Data in Education<br />Andy Pethan and Colin Zwiebel<br />
About Us / Disclaimer<br />Students<br />Programmers<br />Education People<br />FOSS People<br />Cool Software:<br />Pauke...
Program Flow<br />Open data<br />Overview of Education data standards<br />Discussion<br />The path ahead<br />
Does Open Source apply to data?<br />Different topic, same mindset<br />Building on each others data<br />Like code, pleth...
“The value of LIFT is the community, not the code base.”<br />- David Pollackfounder Of Lift Framework<br />
The World is Increasingly Data Driven<br />Number of analytics companies!!!<br />Smarter Planet initiative<br />Open Gover...
We Need Open Data in Education<br />What do we want?<br />Raw<br />Real-time<br />What do we have?<br />Aggregate school r...
Why?<br /><ul><li>We think…
Better studies
More informed decisions
Data is proof</li></ul>But we don’t really know!  Imagine…<br />Twitter and attendance<br />School of One<br />
Data Lock-in<br />Vendor specific data sucks<br />If you don’t work with commercial software, they lock you out<br />They ...
Building a foundation<br />Every school has a large set of common needs<br />Facilitation of learning<br />Schools as a bu...
Open311, OpenMuni Case Studies<br />San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Phil Ashlock<br />OpenMuni<br />Cities have mishma...
Open Transportation<br />Brian Farris – One Bus Away<br />Developers are nimble –lunch-time hackathon<br />Real-time data:...
Open Education Data Today<br />Little sharing, not real-time<br />Major existing standards<br />National Education Data Mo...
(NEDM)<br />Standardized way to collect data and describe almost everything:<br />Students<br />Blood type<br />Bus Routes...
Common Cartridge<br />
Common Cartridge<br />Transfers content from publishers to LMSes<br />Commercial buy in:<br />Blackboard<br />Pearson<br /...
Schools Interoperability Framework<br />
Schools Interoperability Framework<br />Unifies data from many vendors in a school <br />Many services communicating via a...
Take Action<br />
Take Action<br />In education:<br />Demand compliance from your school/district<br />In Development<br />ACID test of NEDM...
What’s Stopping Us?<br />Privacy<br />Consensus building<br />Budgets<br />Who’s job?<br />
Open Data and Your Educational Software Project<br />Ex: educational  games<br />Data producers and crunches need not be t...
Open Data and Your Data Repository<br />Support development of data sharing standards<br />Provide data to the credentiale...
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  • StudentsOlin College of EngineeringProgrammersAndy: summer @ IBM Lotus – data widgetsColin: summer @ OpenPlans – open transit designEducation PeopleAlight LearningFOSS PeopleWe’re not the experts in the room!But we hope we can help you think differently
  • * You’re the Open Source CrowdBuuut, we think you’re talents apply well to data, tooWe would like to argue, it is more important to push open data than to push for more open software.You are good at solving this problemBuild on each others shouldersLots of fuzzy edges – licensingHave experience from OpenSource on how to deal with these issuesEx: OpenStreetMapPortland can use
  • * Have specific rules to make the community
  • Data begets amazing, innovative software
  • * Raw boring data turned into cool shit
  • * More data the merrier* Either case, we don’t care* Use ShareAlike where it makes sense* Use GPL other places were it makes senseReporting data is public domainWe care more that data is available than who/how its storedOSS backend? Proprietary Pearson backend? Fine.
  • * Imagine Twitter mashed up with attendance data* There are good uses out there
  • There are 4 of them!
  • Shift gears here and show what this philosophy and mindset has done in different industries
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  • LinuxCon 2010 Education Mini-Summit: The State of Open Data in Education

    1. 1. Before you get bored of this Presentation-- some cool links<br />OpenPlans ( http://openplans.org )<br />Colin’s summer non-profit<br />Non-profit, OpenSource innovation-shop<br />The Civic Hacker (awesome blog)<br />Egov<br />http://everyblock.com powered by http://openblockproject.org/<br />http://wiki.openmuni.org/ - Wiki on best open data practices for cities<br />http://ushahidi.com – Open Source geographic centered crisis information system<br />Open Transportation<br />http://OpenTripPlanner.com<br />Demo: http://maps5.trimet.org/otp<br />Case of Open Data in Transportation: http://openplans.org/civichacker/2010/08/02/a-case-for-open-data-in-transit/<br />Education<br />NYC DoE School of One Pilot http://schools.nyc.gov/community/innovation/SchoolofOne/default.htm<br />Data Standards<br />http://open311.org data format for real-world issue reporting (grafitti, fire hydrants, etc). Used by SF and DC<br />Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) http://www.sifinfo.org/us/index.asp<br />Open Zone Integration Server http://www.openzis.org/<br />Common Cartridge http://www.imsglobal.org/cc/index.html<br />Cool Applications of Data<br />http://www.bigappleed.com/<br />http://slicestation.com/<br />http://govtracks.us<br />http://maplight.org<br />http://cabsense.com<br />http://exitstrategynyc.com<br />
    2. 2. The State of Open Data in Education<br />Andy Pethan and Colin Zwiebel<br />
    3. 3. About Us / Disclaimer<br />Students<br />Programmers<br />Education People<br />FOSS People<br />Cool Software:<br />Pauker<br />Aardvark<br />We’re not the experts in the room!<br />But we hope we can help you think differently<br />
    4. 4. Program Flow<br />Open data<br />Overview of Education data standards<br />Discussion<br />The path ahead<br />
    5. 5. Does Open Source apply to data?<br />Different topic, same mindset<br />Building on each others data<br />Like code, plethora of ways to license data<br />Focus on the community<br />
    6. 6. “The value of LIFT is the community, not the code base.”<br />- David Pollackfounder Of Lift Framework<br />
    7. 7.
    8. 8.
    9. 9. The World is Increasingly Data Driven<br />Number of analytics companies!!!<br />Smarter Planet initiative<br />Open Government Initiative<br />
    10. 10. We Need Open Data in Education<br />What do we want?<br />Raw<br />Real-time<br />What do we have?<br />Aggregate school reporting<br />State and national statistics<br />Inaccessible (PDFs, CDs at specific schools)<br />We care more that data is available than who/how its stored<br />
    11. 11. Why?<br /><ul><li>We think…
    12. 12. Better studies
    13. 13. More informed decisions
    14. 14. Data is proof</li></ul>But we don’t really know! Imagine…<br />Twitter and attendance<br />School of One<br />
    15. 15. Data Lock-in<br />Vendor specific data sucks<br />If you don’t work with commercial software, they lock you out<br />They have enough data to get away with this today – no other collection of data competes<br />
    16. 16. Building a foundation<br />Every school has a large set of common needs<br />Facilitation of learning<br />Schools as a business<br />Public government<br />http://openplans.org/civichacker/2010/08/02/a-case-for-open-data-in-transit/<br />
    17. 17. Open311, OpenMuni Case Studies<br />San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Phil Ashlock<br />OpenMuni<br />Cities have mishmash of systems, a standard needs to sit on top as abstraction layer<br />Open source community practices were critical in guiding these standards building initiatives<br />
    18. 18. Open Transportation<br />Brian Farris – One Bus Away<br />Developers are nimble –lunch-time hackathon<br />Real-time data: sensitive?<br />OpenTripPlanner, OpenStreetMaps<br />Major existing standards<br />GTFS<br />SIRI<br />
    19. 19. Open Education Data Today<br />Little sharing, not real-time<br />Major existing standards<br />National Education Data Model (NEDM)<br />Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)<br />Common Cartridge (CC)<br />Sharable Content Objects Relational Model (SCORM)<br />
    20. 20. (NEDM)<br />Standardized way to collect data and describe almost everything:<br />Students<br />Blood type<br />Bus Routes<br />Neighborhood demographics<br />No reference implementation<br />
    21. 21. Common Cartridge<br />
    22. 22. Common Cartridge<br />Transfers content from publishers to LMSes<br />Commercial buy in:<br />Blackboard<br />Pearson<br />McGraw Hill<br />FOSS support:<br />Moodle<br />Sakai<br />
    23. 23. Schools Interoperability Framework<br />
    24. 24. Schools Interoperability Framework<br />Unifies data from many vendors in a school <br />Many services communicating via a single traffic director, or “Zone Integration Server”<br />Open source reference implementation<br />openZIS<br />Mature standard, mandated in some states<br />
    25. 25. Take Action<br />
    26. 26. Take Action<br />In education:<br />Demand compliance from your school/district<br />In Development<br />ACID test of NEDM<br />NEDM reference implementation<br />Data-driven educational apps<br />General<br />Open Data Repository (Wikipedia for data)<br />
    27. 27. What’s Stopping Us?<br />Privacy<br />Consensus building<br />Budgets<br />Who’s job?<br />
    28. 28. Open Data and Your Educational Software Project<br />Ex: educational games<br />Data producers and crunches need not be the same<br />Get your data out there!<br />Data proof<br />
    29. 29. Open Data and Your Data Repository<br />Support development of data sharing standards<br />Provide data to the credentialed individuals<br />Give me easy access to data<br />Data I’m allowed to see<br />Let my software do innovative things on a classroom level<br />
    30. 30. We Can Entice people to join the Open data cause thorough Innovation<br />You are a member of an education project (packaging, marketing, promoting)<br />Need to get data out there<br />
    31. 31.
    32. 32. Conclusion<br />Open data matters for education<br />Developing standards, educational initiatives, and tech advances look positive<br />Your skills and mindset are needed in this young movement<br />And don’t stop innovating!<br />

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